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  • 19 Jun 2018 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    World Cup 2018 Calling out all the Japanese fans in Melbourne!

    Come and watch Japan vs Colombia Live at Copacabana International tonight!

    Opening time and date Date:8:00 PM,19 June 2018 

    Game Time:10:00PM Teams: Colombia VS Japan 

    Location: 139 Smith Street - Fitzroy (Copacabana International)

  • 17 Jun 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese Bookbinding 


    Sun. 17 June 2018

    10:00 am – 1:00 pm 


    Yarraville Community Centre

    59 Francis Street

    Yarraville, VIC 3013


    KAMI is excited to work with Michelle Lackenby from Paperazzi Design studio again after a great success in our first collaboration 

    In this 2.5 hour workshop with Michelle Lackenby, you’ll learn a variety of traditional binding stitch techniques and patterns and create your very own books to take home.

    The techniques covered include simple Japanese stitch, Japanese stab binding, Hemp stitch and tortoise shell binding. Each technique builds on the last and all notes and materials will be supplied so you can create your own set of softcover books to take home. 

    Come along and have a fun afternoon creating your very own handmade books combining Japanese binding and paper marbling techniques!. No experience necessary and all materials will be provided.

    For more information, please click HERE

  • 16 Jun 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Sumie Painting
    with Junko Azukawa

    Since becoming a resident of Melbourne, Australia in 2005, Junko has brought her unique artistic talents and outlook to the Australian art scene. She started teaching Japanese calligraphy and painting with children and adults at numerous schools and organisations and also exhibited at a number of galleries in Australia and Japan, most recently at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia in 2016 - 2017. In 2011 Junko started to use her art form with mental illness patients as a form of therapy with great compassion. She is also sought after in commercial design work for her skillful brushwork from bottle label design to restaurant interior design. She has had her illustrations published in the novel: NAVIGATIO authored by Australian writer Patrick Holland in 2014.

  • 13 Jun 2018 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Japanese pottery - nest of small plates

    Design and create 3 small plates – perfect for the dining table, as gifts or to display treasures. Choose a glaze in class and we will contact you when your creation is ready to collect.


    Wed. 13 June 2018

    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 


    Yarraville Community Centre

    59 Francis Street

    Yarraville, VIC 3013

    Cost $59

    For more information, please click HERE

  • 09 Jun 2018 11:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    JUNE 9, 11AM – 4PM and 5PM – 9PM

    524 Flinders Street.
    Love saké and want to get to know it better? SAKE MATSURI is the place to do it.

    Come and try over 60 different varieties of saké brought in from Japan by Australia’s best importers. Taste and embrace both new and traditional styles of saké, from fine Junmai Daiginjo and Namazake to umami rich Junmai, and flavoursome aged Koshu nihonshu.

    All alongside awesome food and palate-cleansing Japanese beers.

    Your ticket includes ALL saké tastings plus a stemless Plumm wine glass to taste from and keep.

    This is the first time SAKE MATSURI, Australia’s largest Japanese sake festival, will be held in Melbourne.

    This festival runs over two sessions:

    DAY SESSION: 11am till 4pm
    NIGHT SESSION: 5pm till 9pm

    Don’t miss out!

    Please click HERE for more information 

  • 02 Jun 2018 6:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Kodo Duo "Ninin Angya" (二人行脚) 

    with A.YA, Melbourne Shinobue Kai and Dokkoisa Wachi Kai

    On Saturday 2 June 2018 at 6:30pm (Doors open: 6.15pm)

    Location:Library at the Dock Performance Space

    Level 2, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Victoria 3008

    Photo Credit: Takashi Okamoto

    Booking: please click HERE

  • 01 Jun 2018 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date: 1st June (Friday)

    Time: 7:30 pm

    Venue: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

    Tickets: $25 online, $35 at the door

    Booking Link (Event brite): https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/koto-transformation-australis-tickets-44864562113

  • 27 May 2018 9:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)


    Venue:Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South bank, Hall 3

    Meet over 70 resorts from: Japan, Canada, Europe, Korea, Chile, Kashmir, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

    Exclusive offers from up to 20+ snow travel specialists!  More details here


  • 20 May 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

  • 19 May 2018 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Paper Sculpture for Fine Art

    19 and 20 May (Sat & Sun), 10-1pm at Kami Paper, 127 Brunswich St, Fitzroy

    This is a 2-day workshop, running from 10am to 1pm each day (3 hours) Sat and Sun

    We are excited to bring to you Kami's first collaboration with world-acclaimed Paper Sculpture artist Ray Besserdin

    This workshop is especially valuable to those wanting to up-skill by exploring the potentials of paper as a medium for fine art. 

    Some topics covered will be:

    1. Exploring and understanding paper types

    2. Some matters of chemistry you should know

    3. Ways of creating 3D form and manipulating paper from its original flat sheet

    4. Exercise in translating a 2D concept drawing into complex 3D sculpture.

    To book, please click HERE.

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